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Recorded on June 8, Star Wars correspondent and newly minted PHD Justin comes on the Pod to talk about the latest D+ Series Obi-Wan. We talk about how the Monarchy of Alderan works inside the Galactic Republic/Empire and our predictions for the last two episodes of the run. Tweet The post Obi-Jaaan Ft. Dr. Justin appeared first on Androids and Asse…
 
We are looking back on the 1989 classic How to Get Ahead in Advertising. For a deep dive on the intersection of psychology and commerce we are joined by Hugo nominated Blogger and long time friend of the show Olav. Tweet The post How To Get Ahead in Anti-Psychiatry Ft. Olav appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
The TV show version of the Expanse ended months ago. Now get our expanded criticisms on the shows final season and our big picture takes the Expanse Franchise, and what we really think about Basic. PS The show is entering a new phase, and we will only be doing one episode a month. So you will get one more episode on April and then monthly after tha…
 
Marshall and Stephen are joined by returning guest Gautam Bhatia to talk about his recently released novel The Horizon. Works Mentioned Night Watch by Sergei Lukyanenko Planetary Mine by Martín Arboleda Aurora Rising originally titled The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds The Reality Dysfunction by Peter F. Hamilton Echopraxia by Peter Watts Economic Sc…
 
The boys are back at it with Season 4 Episode 4 – Hippocratic Oath. Julian and Miles are stranded on a planet with Jem’Hadar and have the first big fight of their relationship. On the station, Worf is learning to adjust to his new role and butts heads with Odo. Tweet The post Emissaries of Profits — “Hippocratic Oath” appeared first on Androids and…
 
Taking a well worn path to the orchard of problematic Netflix content, the androids and assets team get angry as they lazily pluck the low hanging fruit that is American political discourse. Please enjoy this review of the 2021 sci-fi comedy Don’t Look Up. Happy New Year… It probably won’t get worse. Tweet The post Can’t Look Away appeared first on…
 
We are joined by SyFy Sistas, an incredible Star Trek podcast, to discuss Deep Space Nine’s second episode, “The Visitor”. It’s a heart wrenching episode and a great representation of family and black love. Here is a link to the wonderful interview SyFy Sistas did with Cirroc Lofton. Tweet The post Emissaries of Profits — “The Visitor” ft. SyFy Sis…
 
Stephen and Marshall get aggressive talking about the Hugo shortlisted short stories in part three of our three part series. Today we cover “The Mermaid Astronaut” by Yoon Ha Lee and “Little Free Library” by Naomi Kritzer. Tweet The post Hugo Shortlisted Short Stories III appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
In honour of the completion of Season Three of Deep Space Nine. We are covering the space station’s guest appearance on the pilot episode of Star Trek Voyager – “Caretaker”. In this episode, Marshall and Steve talk about how Voyager contrasts with Deep Space Nine and how Voyager un-critically replicates problematic ideas in it’s quest for “fun” and…
 
Stephen and Marshall get excited talking about the Hugo short listed short stories in part two of our three part series. Today we cover “A Guide for Working Breeds” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad and “Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher Tweet The post Hugo Shortlisted Short Stories II appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
The Androids and Assets team goes undercover as a spy thriller podcast to review Luc Besson’s 2019 thriller, Anna. We’re pleased to be joined by Alex, President of the Edmonton chapter of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians. Tweet The post Assassins and Assets – Anna ft. Alex appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
Stephen and Marshall get serious talking about the Hugo short listed short stories in part one of our three part series. Today we cover “Open House on Haunted Hill” by John Wiswell and “Badass Moms in the Zombie Apocalypse” by Rae Carson. Tweet The post Hugo Shortlisted Short Stories I appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
An experimental episode where unpack a perfect trifecta of DS9 Season 3. We nerd out about weird stuff from elevator pricing, to Thor Heyerdahl, and our favorite theocracy the UK. Three times the episode. Three times the weirdness. Tweet The post Emissaries of Profits—”Explorers”, “Family Business”, and “Shakaar” appeared first on Androids and Asse…
 
We’re joined by the hosts of one of our favourite shows, Adventures in Ideology, to talk about the first Cyberquest story, The Pharaoh’s Tomb, by Sigmund Brouwer. It’s Christian propaganda with a thin veneer of science fiction. Like a single coat of science applied with a poor brush by an unskilled painter. Please don’t read this book. Please forgi…
 
We discuss Tain’s Plot to preempt the Dominion War in Deep Space Nine episodes 20 and 21, “Improbable Cause” and “The Die is Cast”. We get into the real life failings of spies and the probability of hiding Tweet The post Emissaries of Profits – “Improbable Cause” and “The Die is Cast” appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
Special guests and legends of Space Opera, Peter F. Hamilton and Gareth L. Powell, generously took time to talk to us about their newly released novella, Light Chaser. Recommendations Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North Tweet The post Entertainment an…
 
The boys sit down with Struggle Session co-host Leslie Lee to talk about DS9 Season 3 Episode 19 “Through the Looking Glass” and reflect on the meaning of the mirror universe. Through the Looking Glass Ben is abducted from Deep Space Nine and taken to the mirror universe where he bones the counterparts of his two women senior officers. He also save…
 
O’Brien sees himself die and deals with it. Bashir worries about turning 30 and how eventually one day he’ll die and it almost kills him. We also discuss the wisdom of provoking the Dominion and the shortcomings of Jungian analysis. Visionary Romulans are on the station to discuss the Dominion threat and O’Brien is time traveling to solve problems …
 
A more serious episode where we talk about climate change, science fictions critical role in shaping the way we think about the future, and how to call people to action. We also focus on the fact that climate change is now a completely political problem. In our view political action is the only path to climate action. Errata New York 2140 – Kim Sta…
 
Stephen and Marshall review Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Season 3 Episode 15 “Destiny” and Season 3 Episode 14 “Prophet Motive”. We talk about everyone’s favorite topic… Imaginary religions. Tweet The post Emissaries of Profits — “Destiny” and “Prophet Motive” appeared first on Androids and Assets.By AssetDroid
 
On the brink of catastrophic climate change and America’s defeat in Afghanistan, one movie will pretend neither of these things are happening. We review Amazon’s 4th of July long weekend extravaganza, The Tomorrow War. Tweet The post The Private Sector Experience: The Tomorrow War appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
Is it love, or is it psychic contagion? We talk love, relationships, and vaccines as the boys review season 3 episodes 10 and 14, “Fascination” and “Heart of Stone”. Come for the kissing and stay for listener questions. Tweet The post Emissaries of Profits — “Fascination” and “Heart of Stone” appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
We are joined by Neil Sharpson author of debut novel, When the Sparrow Falls. It’s a clever and engaging science-fiction thriller looking at artificial intelligence, totalitarianism, and transhumanism available from Tor books on June 29. You can find Neil at unshavedmouse.com and on Twitter. Recommended Works Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor Tweet The…
 
Seth from Hugos There, Take Me To Your Reader, Brief & Not So Brief joins us to discuss Palm Springs. We talk about Cartesian Dualism, capitalism, and what is a life worth living. Seth hosts Hugos There, a monthly podcast talking about Hugo Award winning novels with a guest(s). It’s great. Check it out. You can also hear him on Take Me To Your Read…
 
Political intrigue, medical ethics, cross cultural dialogue, and teen dating… If that seems like too much for one episode of DS9 you’re right! Come with us as we muddle through this beautiful mess of an episode. Tweet The post Emissaries of Profits — “Life Support” appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
We are joined by Daryl Gregory (twitter) to discuss his new novella, The Album of Dr. Moreau. We get into animal rights, the nature of consciousness, and the privilege of wealth. Also by Daryl Gregory and available in late August, Revelator, pre-order now. Other Works Mentioned Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, an…
 
This week’s episode is a rare look into our own future, as Sisko travels back to 2024. In a world of Neo Trotskyists, walled ghettos, net tycoons and Quad Cycles the Federation’s own time travel policy must be violated to save it. Tweet The post Emissaries of Profits — “Past Tense Part 1 & 2” appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
We are joined by Basma Ghalayini, editor of the collection Palestine +100: Stories from a Century after the Nakba, and Ra Page, the cofounder of publisher Comma Press. Palestine +100 is a collection of stories exploring how Palestine might look 100 years after the Nakba when Palestinians were displaced and the occupation by Israel began. Comma Pres…
 
To Coup or not to Coup? Things get political as the news on your side Androids and Assets team talks about headlines from 1994. Reviewing Season 3 episodes 8 and 9. Meridian The crew of Deep Space Nine is exploring the Gamma Quadrant, which is totally their job, and using a little warship to do it. They discover a planet that falls in and out of ou…
 
For May Day we read Soviet era novel, Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. It’s a bleak look at utopia, the utterly alien nature of aliens, and the insignificance of humans. We disagree about the end of the novel and leave it up to you, dear listener, to decide the true meaning. Tweet The post May Day Ex-Strugatsky-ganza appeared first …
 
Continuum Drag joins the boys to review… Pogs, I guess, and Season 3 episodes 6 and 7. The Abandoned Odo is a father for a day after Quark buys a Jem’Hadar baby and immediately surrenders it to the state. Jake is dating an older woman and Ben doesn’t approve. Difficult fathering situations abound. We reference this wonderful episode from Syfy Sista…
 
We talk about currency, empire, and colonialism in Seth Dickinson’s The Traitor Baru Cormorant. This is a novel all about economic conquest and effective resistance to empire with a seeming message that there is no effective resistance to empire. Tweet The post Currency and Colonization in The Traitor Baru Cormorant appeared first on Androids and A…
 
We are joined by Candace and Charis of Adventures in Ideology to discuss “Equilibrium” and “Second Skin” from season 3. Equilibrium Jadzia Dax is vaguely remembering things that never happened and the Dax symbiont is beginning to die. The crew must take her to the Trill home world for gaslighting and reluctant medical treatment. Second Skin Kira Ne…
 
Lapsis is a 2020 movie from Noah Hutton that takes on the gig work economy. It is timely and dark. There are many ideas in Lapsis and we picked out labour organizing and monopolies. We cannot recommend you seeing this movie strongly enough. Tweet The post Lapsis: The Amazon Warehouse but for Walking appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
Qapla’ friend. You look cold and weary… step inside, rest your old bones, have some Gagh and Blood Wine. Look into my deep set eyes and I will tell you the tale of this grand old house. These days they call it House Grilka, but way back they called it the House… of Quark! Tweet The post Emissaries of Profits – House of Quark appeared first on Andro…
 
Return guest James D’Amato is back to resolve the question of currency on Campaign Skyjacks. So man the rigging and secure lines because we are headed into the sky. Stay till the end for a special insight into the future of 2021, as James draws a luminary to reveal what lays ahead. Errata The Traitor Baru Cormorant Seth Dickenson (2015) James is th…
 
We’ve reached the end of season 2 and that means the Dominion is a thing! We’re covering the final episode of season 2 and the first two of season three. It’s all about the Dominion and remembering where Odo came from. Tweet The post Emissaries of Profits—The Dominion Introduction Arc appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
In an experimental episode Marshall and Stephen break down the cost of the destruction of the MCRN Donnager in James S.A. Corey’s The Expanse and what that can tell us about the future of naval warfare and planetary governance. Tweet The post The Cost of the Martian Military Industrial Complex appeared first on Androids and Assets.…
 
Comradery is a worker coop building for the future. It feels like science fiction but it’s fact. We’re super excited about it and invited Ty from Comradery to tell us more about it. Works Mentioned A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller Jr. Consider Phlebas – Ian Banks Small Gods – Terry Pratchett Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas – Bethesda Sof…
 
Vedek Bareil is running for Kai of Bajor but our favourite villain, Vedek Winn, sows doubt about his suitability and encourages Kira to look into his past. Kira discovers that the man she loves may have been responsible for the death of 43 Bajoran freedom fighters. Referenced Video What is Gold-Pressed Latinum worth? by EC Henry Tweet The post Emis…
 
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